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Ogden 6th, Torchia 11th in World Juniors Skiathlons

After placing 11th in the first World Junior Championships race in her career on Wednesday, Stratton Mountain School’s Katharine Ogden finished sixth in the 10 k skiathlon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. The American was ranked ninth, seven seconds behind double gold medalist Victoria Carl of Germany, after five kilometers of classic skiing. In the skate section, the lead pack strung out slightly. Ogden moved up to sixth, and crossed the line 13.2 seconds behind Sofie Nordsveen Hustad of Norway, who passed Carl to take the win.

Katherine Stewart-Jones posted the best result for Canada and Nakkertok, finishing 14th (+1:34) after skiing in 20th through the classic portion of the race. Anne-Marie Comeau followed in 25th (+2:02), Maya Macisaac-Jones in 45th, and Annah Hanthorn in 47th.

Ogden’s U.S. teammate Hailey Swirburl finished 35th (+2:45.4, losing out a photo finish with Slovenia’s Anita Klemencic). Julia Kern was close behind in 38th, and Alayna Sonnesyn placed 50th.

In the junior men’s 20 k skiathlon, Russia again swept the race, with Alexey Chervotkin beating out teammates Ivan Yakimushkin and Denis Spitsov at the line. The trio had a minute lead on the rest of the field by the finish.

Ian Torchia (Northern Michigan University) led the way for the United States, placing 11th (+2:15) just 0.9 seconds out of the top ten. Evan Weinman placed 57th and Thomas Bye 67th. Peter Holmes did not finish.

Alexis Dumas led Canada for the second race in a row, placing 18th (+2:41). Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier followed in 41st, then Philippe Boucher in 53rd and Zachary Cristofanilli in 60th. The Canadian team said through twitter that three of its team members went down in a major crash off the start, with two of them breaking poles as a result.

Results: men/women

Russia Sweeps 1-4 In World Juniors 10k, Dumas 30th

The Russian men’s team turned heads in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, taking the top four places in the World Junior Championships 10 k freestyle. Alexey Chervotkin won the day in 23:36.4, with Denis Spitsov second (+15.9), Alexander Bakanov third (+34.4), and Ivan Yakimushkin fourth (+36.0). Norway’s Eirik Sverdrup Augdal nearly made the podium, but had to be content in fifth as the first non-Russian (+37.5). Augdal was third early in the race, but faded and lost valuable seconds to the Russians by the finish. The best North American finish belonged to Canada’s Alexis Dumas who finished 30th (+2:09.3). Teammates Philippe Boucher, Zachary Cristofanilli, and Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier finished 40th, 53rd, and 54th. All of Canada’s starters in the competition are part of Quebec’s Centre National d’Entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH). The U.S. team was led by Ian Tochia (Northern Michigan University) in 35th (+2:20.2). Thomas O’Harra (Alaska Pacific University) followed in 49th,…

Ogden 11th in World Juniors 5k Skate

Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) raced to 11th place in the 5 kilometer freestyle race at World Junior Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. 14th after 1.7 k, Ogden turned in a fast finish to move up by the time she crossed the line. Her time was 24.5 seconds slower than that of Victoria Carl, who also won the sprint the day before. Anastasia Sedova and Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia took the final spots on the podium, 5.3 and 5.9 seconds back, respectively. It is Ogden’s first time competing in World Junior Championships, and she did not start the sprint on Tuesday. She finished eighth in the 5 k classic on the U18/Scando Cup trip to Rovaniemi, Finland, last season. So far this year, Ogden has been on a tear of the Eastern racing circuit and finished sixth in the 10 k skate at U.S. Nationals. She was the first…

Crested Butte Nordic Team’s West Yellowstone Music Video

CBNT Everytime We Touch from Benjamin Swift on Vimeo. While at the 2015 Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Mont., the Crested Butte Nordic Team put some sweat and hard work into filming the above video, directed by Benjamin Swift. Trouble viewing video? Click here.

U23 World Championships Team Named In Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Ten athletes were named to the U23 World Championships team after Saturday’s freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Joanne Reid, Annie Pokorny (SMST2), Anne Hart (SMST2), Paige Schember (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation), and Deedra Irwin (Michigan Techological University) were named to the women’s team, with Heather Mooney (Middlebury College) declining to attend in order to focus on college racing in her senior year. The men’s team will consist of Kyle Bratrud (Northern Michigan University), Logan Hanneman (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Ben Saxton (SMST2/USST), Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth College/USST), and Scott Patterson (APU). University of Vermont skier Cole Morgan declined his starting position, allowing for Patterson to attend. The Junior/U23 World Championships will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from Feb. 1 – 8. U23 Men Day Four Pts 2015 U23 Women Day Four Pts 2015

Gorman, Blanchet Win Junior Sprints at U.S. Champs

HOUGHTON, Mich. –Henry Gorman (Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy) came out on top of the men’s junior heats in Saturday’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Crossing the line with a time of 3:46.01, Gorman bested second place finisher Dylan Syben (Unleashed Coaching) who trailed by 2.75 seconds. Seiji Takaji (Alaska Winter Stars) took third, 5.19 seconds back. Lydia Blanchet (APU) won the women’s junior race with a time of 4:32.05. Emily Hyde of the Mount Bachelor SEF came in a close second just 0.73 seconds behind. Rounding out the podium was Rebekka Scheueder (NMU) who crossed the line 8.37 seconds behind Blanchet. Results

2015 Junior World/U18 Teams Announced in Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships showcased some of the nation’s best junior skiers Thursday, with a 5/10 k classic mass start at the Michigan Tech Nordic Center. In the 10 k men’s race, Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan University came out on top with a time of 30:46.6. He bested second place finisher Thomas O’Harra of APU by 28.5 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Ben Hegmen of the University of Vermont, who finished 29.0 seconds off the winning pace. In the women’s 5 k Katharine Ogden of Stratton Mountain outpaced the competition to earn a time of 15:35.8. Roughly 16.9 seconds behind Ogden was Julia Kern of the Cambridge Sports Union. In third was Hailey Swirbul of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (+21.5). Results: men’s 10 k | women’s 5 k Thursday also marked the selection of the 2015 U18 and World Junior Championship…

Zak Ketterson, Ann-Cathrin Uhl Take Junior Titles in U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Zak Ketterson, of Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), rose to the top of the junior classic-sprint ranks on Tuesday in the junior A-finals at U.S. Cross Country Championships. Ketterson, a U18, qualified 65th out of 175 men in the 1.5-kilometer sprint amid heavy snow at times and persistent wind. In the afternoon junior heats, still cold at around 9 degrees Fahrenheit but with less snowfall, Ketterson won his quarterfinal and semifinal and went on to dominate the final, winning in 4:38.6 by nearly three seconds. Thomas O’Harra, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), placed second (+2.93), and Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) rounded out the junior podium in third (+5.44). In the women’s A-final, Uhl, a U20, outlasted Sarah Bezdicek by 1.29 seconds with the win in 5:28.98. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) was third (+6.34). Uhl was 41st in the qualifying round,…

Video: Eastern Cup Opener Pile-up

The Dec. 21-22 Eastern Cup opener in Rikert, Vt. saw strong competition from junior to elite skiers as they began the season’s racing on the eastern circuit. Sunday’s women’s 10 k freestyle mass start saw impressive performances, including a win from Stratton Mountain’s Katharine Ogden who earned a 4.6-second win over teammate Erika Flowers. The race also saw a large crash that wiped out much of the field, and while we feel for the skiers who were affected, it’s hard to look away… Check out the pile-up in the video below:

Maine Hosting Junior Nordic Summer Training Camp July 23-26

(Maine High School Skiing press release) Save the dates: July 23rd-26th at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop Maine is hosting a Summer Training Camp for high school athletes who want to use their summer training to get the most out of winter competitions.  For four days, we will run, hike, and roller-ski together and learn about all the different aspects of training effectively for developing athletes. Athletes will be able to work with different coaches to find the best solutions for their personal challenges, and develop a training plan that works for them and their goals.  We will be releasing a detailed schedule for the week, along with all of the necessary equipment, within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, any athlete who is interested should contact Adam Masterman atamasterman@msad58.org. This camp will be limited to 30 girls and 30 boys, and preference will be given to skiers who qualified…